Issue 15: Borrowing


Our life is not our own. Our life is a borrowed life. Or, as contest judge David James Duncan said in response to this issue’s prizewinner (Shann Ray’s “The Miracles of Vincent Van Gogh), “We are all renters.”  “The Miracles of Vincent Van Gogh” moved our staff so much that were inspired to use its idea of borrowing as the theme for this issue. Its narrator John Sender, a loan officer and a man in love, says that every man borrows: “They borrowed what they felt they needed. And not just from him, from everyone, and not just money, they borrowed everything.” Borrowing, it seems, is quite possibly the only redeemable perspective with which to view life and life’s end.

In this issue, our contributors help us to live in the light of “Remember you will die” and remember that death infuses our beautiful, borrowed life.

FEATURING The 2010 Short Story Prize Winner

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Apostate, Pamela Porter
Sufficient, Pamela Porter
Sabbath Bread, B.Z. Niditch
Communion, Dannan O'Brien
Arrowhead, Richard Fenton Sederstrom
Winter Garden, Shanna Powlus Wheeler
If, Jean Tucker
Comfort, Ian Williams
Forsythia, Grace Olson
Fermata, Last Ink Before Sleep, Grace Olson
Dysrhythmia, Ruth Hull Chatlien
October, Barbara Crooker
Tu Wi's Considers April Sunlight, Barbara Crooker

The Miracles of Vincent Van Gogh, Shann Ray
Now the River's in You, Nels Hanson 

The Resurrection of Ray Jones, Jeremy B. Jones

Children's Shoes at Auschwitz, Jess Erickson
North Burial Ground, Jess Erickson
Over Here, Over There: 1947 series, Jess Erickson
and more

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